|Forum topic by synecdoche||posted 08-12-2012 11:36 PM||2808 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-12-2012 11:36 PM
I’m building my first ever project, a very basic flip-top table (I modified these plans to fit my space a bit better, and used 2×2s instead of stair rails) for my wife and I to throw our keys on as we come in the door. It’s a very simple build made simpler with the use of pocket screws.
At any rate, everything’s going okay except I can’t make things square! It’s the wood. I have a limited workshop—just a very basic table saw, a drill, a Kreg Jig, and an old workbench that was in the basement of the house when we moved in. I don’t have access to a planer or a jointer. I’ve had some success using the table saw as a jointer, but some of the pine from the local lumber yard was, in spite of my best efforts, a bit warped, or it crowned, et cetera.
Is there some trick to selecting lumber? Or should I just start trolling e-bay for cheap planes? I wouldn’t ask, but in my research on the Internet I keep seeing people’s “first projects” that look far, far more impressive than the little stand that’s currently waiting in the corner to be finished, with nary a mention of planing or anything like that.
Any advice for a complete newbie?